Skull Session: Buckeye offense can still improve, NCAA may allow more immediate transfers, and Pat Narduzzi blasts Big Ten

Skull Session: Buckeye offense can still improve, NCAA may allow more immediate transfers, and Pat Narduzzi blasts Big Ten

It’s the weekend. You’ve made it. Congratulations!

Word of the day: stupefy.

OPEN SEASON. Remember all that talk about a one-time transfer? You’re about to be able to throw all of that out the window because the NCAA is considering allowing players to transfer as many times as they want and always gain immediate eligibility.

There is a bit of give and take here as the transfer window will force players to make these moves at specific times and not like, in the middle of a season. But for those of you who were worried that college football was about to turn into free agency – here it is.

ARE YOU SURE? Pat Narduzzi led Pitt to its best season in decades last season, but it still ended with a postseason loss to the third-best team in the Big Ten. Somehow, Narduzzi has decided that game is a perfect example of why Pitt would win the Big Ten every year.

No, not just last year. Not just next year. Narduzzi earnestly suggested the Panthers would win the Big Ten every year.

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said he believes if quarterback Kenny Pickett played in that game, it would have been a completely different game.

“He’s a 21-point difference, okay. Michigan State is getting its butt kicked in,” Narduzzi said on Bazzy’s Black and Gold Banter. “It’s at least a 14-point difference if Nick Patti plays the whole game.”

“You talk about the Big Ten and the SEC and the ACC, if it’s one of the best Big Ten teams, let’s go to the Big Ten and win it every year,” he said. “I don’t want to hear about this Big Ten dominance and SEC dominance.”

It’s perfectly fair to play “what if?” game about Kenny Pickett, but Narduzzi conveniently forgets to mention that Michigan State also had several starters, including Kenneth Walker III, who won both the Doak Walker and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards.

Also, do you know what the actual best team in the Big Ten does when it has to play its third-string quarterback in a game that matters? They don’t lose and complain about it six months later.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT? Ohio State returns a Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback, the most productive receiver in program history, two top-five offensive tackles and a running back who finished second in the nation in yards per carry last season.

And yet, with all of those pieces returning, there is still one very clear area where the offense can improve.

When spring practice began in March, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson acknowledged some of the unit’s shortcomings from last season.

Wilson pointed to toughness as one area. He mentioned that it was necessary to “turn it in and drive down the field.” Inconsistency in completing drives kept them from being an elite offense.

“Right now, we’re a good state offense,” Wilson said. “But to be an elite attack, we need to be more consistent.”

The Buckeyes often stopped in the red zone. Their red zone touchdown percentage of 64.4% ranked 45th in the FBS.

There were times last season when I honestly felt like Ohio State was more likely to score on a play from 60 yards than they were when they were inside the 10. I’d rather not do that again.

WHERE DO I SIGN? There are a million reasons why a teenager would sign on the dotted line to play football at Ohio State, but I’ll tell you what, these facilities are probably damn near the top of that list.

At least one person sees these pictures and gets interior design ideas for their home, and I respect everything about that.

SONG OF THE DAY. “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.

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